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HomeKit is a group of APIs (ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gram­ming in­ter­faces) that al­lows de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate apps which hook into third-party hard­ware to al­low you to mon­i­tor and con­trol some of what hap­pens in your home. So, for ex­am­ple, if you have a smoke or car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor that’s con­nected to your home Wi-Fi net­work, you can check its sta­tus from your iPhone. Or you could have an app that con­trols a ther­mo­stat, which would be con­nected to your net­work, and use that app to turn lights on or off, or mon­i­tor en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Ap­ple only ap­proved third-party HomeKit hard­ware at the end of last year, but al­ready com­pa­nies in­clud­ing El­gato, iHome and iDevices have an­nounced prod­ucts that are due for re­lease later in 2015.

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